Interfaith Opportunities



Mission Statement (2018): The Interfaith Opportunities Network is a lay-led interfaith network based in Hampshire County seeking to strengthen bonds of mutual respect and understanding. We desire to learn from others’ faith traditions, rejoice in the many things we have in common, and appreciate our differences. We respond as inspired by our shared concern for peace, justice and the earth.

ION, founded in 2005, now has

16 participating faith communities & campus ministries  

(Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Unitarian, Quaker)

Catholic Community at Amherst College

Deacon Roger Currier & Fr. Warren Savage

First Congregational Church, Amherst

Katie Tolles - Co-Convener

Dorothy Cresswell - ION Webmaster 

Jacqueline Wallace

Eve Webster

Hampshire Mosque, Hadley

Naz Mohamed

South Congregational Church, Amherst 

Lee Bridegam 

North Hadley Congregational Church

Pastor Gordon

Hope Community Church, Amherst

Scottie Faerber

                       Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst
Melba Larson
Cheryl Smith

Elizaveta Lovaya

Deacon Thomas Lynch

New England Peace Pagoda
Sister Clare Carter

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
Mary Beth Seminario

Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley
Doris Newton

Barbara Jenkins
Joan Lindeman, Founder
Hindu saying:

The grace of God is coming down upon us all the time,

like a gentle rain,

but we forget to cup our hands.